The View October 4, 2012. Dr. Valorie Foy firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Valorie Foy, Director Jeremy Heneger, Assistant Director John Moon, NeSA Project Manager Dr. Ed Foy, Writing Coordinator Dr. Ted Larson, NAEP Coordinator Jackie Naber, Administrative Assistant
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The ViewOctober 4, 2012
Dr. Valorie Foy
Dr. Valorie Foy, Director
Jeremy Heneger, Assistant Director
John Moon, NeSA Project Manager
Dr. Ed Foy, Writing Coordinator
Dr. Ted Larson, NAEP Coordinator
Jackie Naber, Administrative Assistant
Carol Bom, Administrative Assistant
Nebraska Performance Accountability System [NePAS ]
NeSA results ARE an important data source!
When combined with other information, these data can support curricular, instructional, and learning support decision making.
will be tested!
Commit to data analysis as a continuous process, not an event. (Reeves, 2009)
Nebraska schools should use NeSA data to . . .
Score Verification (formally Writing Appeals)
Continued training and communication
When time on task was plotted with the scale score the following general conclusions seem plausible:
1. Student scores start to level off after a 75-90 minute period so students should be encouraged to spend a minimum of 75 minutes.
2. With SPED students, the trend is somewhat upward for the entire time tracked, so SPED students could be encouraged to spend as much time as they need as long as they are productive.
3. However, keep in mind students cannot be controlled for time during testing. Training and instruction must come in the classroom before the test.
In April NDE conducted a standard setting for
grades 8 and 11. The results of the process were
presented to the State Board, resulting in new cut
scores for these grades.
The quality of writing did not decline but rather
the board--after discussion over a two day period-
raised the requirements for Meets the Standards.
When looking at the rubrics (old and new), the 3
column is the acceptable standard. The Nebraska
PLD’s (Performance Learning Descriptor) also
clearly reflect the 3’s column on each rubric as the
state writing goal.
The new cut scores will allow some 2’s, but most
likely in the domains of word choice and
September 13 – New prompts were written by Nebraska teachers at grades 4, 8, 11. The new prompts need to be field tested.
Field Testing at Grade 4 will remain the same as in the past. Testing will be in the spring from the end of February to middle of May using paper/penciltests.
Grades 8 and 11 will be on-line through the NeSA testing site. Prompts are assigned randomly to students.
November 12 - tickets are available and new download if needed. New button on NeSA icon will say NeSA-W field testing.
The field testing window will be November 14 to December 21. (5 1/2 weeks)
Field Testing WebExes November 6-8
This is an opportunity for students to practice taking the test under the same conditions as the regular NeSA-W test.
As a field test of future prompts for NeSA–W, the test results cannot be used in any other way. (For example: no local scoring)
NDE appreciates schools supporting this project as we want to keep prompt writing in the hands of Nebraska educators.
Designed for teachers.
November 8 - Scottsbluff
November 14 - Kearney
November 16 – Lincoln
Times: 8:30 – 11:30
Materials from the training will be posted to our website at:
Will remain in the narrative mode.
Will continue to be two timed 40-minutes sessions
Will still be tested in paper/pencil format. (No online administration planned)
Will allow access to commercial dictionary and thesaurus.
Will be scored analytically in 2013
Will have a new cut score set in April 2013 and approved by the State Board of Education in May.
Will have test results released publicly in the spring of 2013 along with grades 8 and 11.
Will include a new self-assessment tool for analytic scoring.
Information about the modes of writing and student writing samples are found on the assessment website in the writing section:
Analytic scoring provides five scores for each student: a score for content, a score for organization, a score for word choice and voice, a score for sentence fluency and conventions (punctuation, grammar, spelling), and a total overall composite score.
After the standard setting process, the composite score will be converted to a scale score of 0-70. Students in grade 4 will receive analytic scoring information in 2013.
Scoring domains were weighted as follows:
In April of 2013, a cut score process will be conducted for the writing assessments in grade 4 so that the following classifications of proficiency determinations can be made:
Exceeds the standards
Meets the standards
Below the standards
In December of 2011, NDE conducted a session to create the Performance Level Descriptors for the expectations of Nebraska students based on the analytic rubric. The PLD’s are available on the Assessment web page:
The State Board of Education will approve the scores at their May meeting. Following the cut score process and approval in May, the conversion to the scale score (0-70) will occur, and the public release will follow.
Based on what happened at Grades 8/11, we can anticipate a significant shift at Grade 4 in the requirements for Meets the Standard.
For any paper/pencil tests, students must write in
#2 PENCIL. Papers written in ink will not be
scored and will result in zero scores.
In 2012 the papers/pencil booklet submitted in
ink, therefore, not scorable, were for the most
part administered in make-up sessions by
someone other than the regular classroom
In paper/pencil testing, the student response to the writing prompt must be written in the actual test booklet. If a student with an IEP is word processing a paper or using a scribe, the student response must be transcribed into the test booklet in pencil.
Originals of transcribed papers will be sent to DRC in an envelope provided with the shipping materials.
This score verification process is appropriate only for very specific, not general, scoring issues. Only the total score will be submitted. The score verification process is designed for student scores that fall below the state cut score.
Districts will need to complete the score verification form, on the website or from the SAA update. Districts must provide a written explanation indicating the reason for the score verification change and a copy of each paper in question. The writer of the score verification should focus on the particular domain or domains in question. Score verifications must reach the Assessment Office by the deadline.
Score Verification is completed by Nebraska educators who have been involved in the writing grading for years.
January 21 – February 8
February 11 – March 22
March 25 – May 3
NeSA – Reading
NeSA-AA Alternate Tests
All paper/pencil tests must be ordered October 8-19 through eDirect – writing, reading, mathematics, and science. Enrollment form
Students whose IEP plans or 504 plans specify an accommodation that would require a paper/pencil.
ELL students who need an accommodation that would require a paper/pencil.
Students responding in a language other than English or Spanish (NeSA-W).
Students contracted to institutions where online access is not allowed.
Students who take the alternate assessments-R/M/S
Review the revised Accommodations document-On Assessment Page-NDE
District-Accommodations that are best for the student
A student who takes one content area paper/pencil does not necessarily need paper/pencil in all
Students who qualify for speech may not need any paper/pencil
Inform the student
October 2-4, 2012 – “Invitation” is posted
1. Three NePAS Grade-Level Configurations
2. School District
Participation--Met/Not Met or Percent
ReadingE M S D
MathE M S D
Science E M S D
Writing E M S D
Reading E M S D
Math E M S D
Science*E M S D
Writing*E M S D
Reading E M D
Math E M D
Scale Scores and RankingsGrowth= Average of Differences in Scale ScoresGrowth based on matched student data in the same district-consecutive years
Will be accompanied by Enrollment- Grades 9-12
4 Year 2012 (Secondary & District)
6 Year* Available 2013 (Secondary & District)
Reading E M S D
Math E M S D
Science E M S D
Writing E M S D
Reading, Math, Science
8th and 11th Grade Writing
Nebraska Performance Accountability (NePAS)Elementary Grade-Level Configuration (Grades 3-5)
Ties will receive the same ranking
The next school will receive the next lower number.
If 20 districts are ranked # 1 in a component,the next district will receive a ranking of 21.
Appropriate masking (under 10)
Any groups 10 and above to be included
In any criterion where 100% of the students place in a single rating, the scores must be masked—by law. Example 100% graduation rate
By Grade Level-Building (Actual physical building)
By Grade Level-District
School Building Accountability By Grade
Choose Grade: (Drop Down Menu)
State of the Schools Report--available to districts
State of the Schools Report Public Release
The month of October gives districts the opportunity to prepare a message
Others-Focus on the district chart
Anywhere School District
School District (Grades 3-12)
Many rankings—focus on strengths
If there are scores that are weak, provide information that informs the scores
Use the counterbalance of information—the story behind the rankings
Our community wanted to know what we were doing to improve
Office of the Inspector General
Allowing word walls, personal dictionaries, graphic organizers on writing test
Editing student first drafts on writing test
Reading the reading passages to students
Allowing students to carry tests from one teacher to another unmonitored
Providing accommodations not allowed by an IEP
Allowing dictionaries on reading test.
New District Assessment Contact
Date of incident
Description of incident
District response (if known)
Actions taken to assure situation will not be repeated
List of missing materials
Action district took regarding the breach (missing materials)